Why Should You Be Sipping On A Protein Packed Smoothie Right Now? You’re smart. Not only do you take care of your body’s needs by exercising and getting enough hydration, but you’re also reading this article right now in attempt to learn even more about becoming the happiest, healthiest version of yourself. Go you! Being as knowledgeable about health, fitness, and nutrition as you are, you probably already know that protein is an essential part of almost any diet. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, most women ages 19-70 should be getting about 46 grams of protein per day. CDC Center For Disease Control And Prevention That number may sound pretty high at first, but protein makes up more of your body than you think! It is present in every cell, tissue, and organ you’ve got, and is especially important for healthy muscle tone and supple skin. That’s not all, though. " Diets high in protein may decrease hunger and increase satiety when compared with high-carb or high-fat diets." – Frank Hu, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard University School of Public Health in Boston) How Can You Get More Protein Without Loading Up On Saturated Fats, Though? I know what you’re thinking: “Wouldn’t getting more protein via animal sources cause weight gain, and thus counteract the decreased hunger and increased satiety that protein provides?” The answer is: YES! So what’s the solution? Smoothies! Specifically, smoothies that combine smooth, sippable phytonutrients from fruits and veggies with several grams of protein, and a taste you’ll find impossible to resist. The Tropical Spinach SmoothieGet a printable pdf of recipes. Okay, it’s true. The sound and sight of this smoothie might not scream ‘sip me’! However, you can’t argue with 30 grams of protein and 15 grams of fiber. Furthermore, the pineapple in this recipe packs a punch that will smother the taste of the spinach and wake up your taste buds in a big way.Serving 1, Calories 410, Protein 30g, Total Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 3g, Carbohydrates 66g, Dietary Fiber 15gIngredients:1 cup 1% milk 1/2 cup pineapple, frozen 1 cup strawberries, sliced 1/2 cup spinach 1 tbsp flaxseed, ground 30 grams Protein Powder 1/4 cup rolled oats, dryPreparation: Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve or refrigerate immediately. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Get a printable pdf of recipes. This simple smoothie includes only four ingredients, and takes only five minutes to make. It’s got fairly big benefits for such quick and easy prep, though. The peanut butter banana smoothie includes 6 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein. Plus, you know that you can never go wrong with such a classic flavor combo!Per Serving: Calories 450, Protein 15g, Total Fat 17g, Saturated Fat 4g, Carbohydrates 65g, Dietary Fiber 6gIngredients:1 cup frozen banana sliced 1 oz natural peanut butter1/2 cup 1% milk1 tbsp honeyPreparation:Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate or serve immediately. Strawberry Banana Nut Smoothie Get a printable pdf of recipes. This smoothie is another classic combo with an updated twist. Strawberry banana is likely to be one of your favorite flavors, and you’ll be happy to know that you won’t have to sacrifice it for a protein punch that will get you through the day. This strawberry banana nut smoothie only requires two tablespoons of peanut butter, which isn’t quite enough to overpower the sweetness of the original drink.Per serving: 223 kcal cal., 5 g fat (1 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 2 g monounsatured fat), 2 mg chol., 133 mg sodium, 39 g carb., 3 g fiber, 30 g sugar, 10 g proteinIngredients:2cups plain fat-free yogurt2 ripe medium bananas2 cups sliced fresh strawberries or frozen unsweetened strawberries2 tablespoons honey2 tablespoons peanut butterPreparation:In a blender combine yogurt, bananas, the sliced strawberries, honey, and peanut butter. Cover and blend until nearly smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of container as necessary. Divide among four glasses. If desired, garnish with whole strawberries. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Protein Smoothie Get a printable pdf of recipes. This one is a protein dream! If you are a chocaholic (who isn’t?!) you’ll be craving this smoothie morning, night and noon. The good news is that dark chocolate is a known antioxidant and that the base of this smoothie is simply frozen banana. No guilt necessary!Ingredients:1 large banana, frozen2 or 3 large ice cubes1 cup non dairy milk of choice1 scoop Designer Whey Gourmet Chocolate Protein Powder2 tablespoons cocoa powder (high quality)Pinch of sea salt1/4 tsp pure peppermint extractoptional add In: 1 tablespoon dark/vegan chocolate chips optional toppings: homemade whipping cream, vegan whipped topping, or Greek yogurtPreparation:Place all ingredients in a blender or magic bullet and blend until smooth. Cherry Almond Smoothie Get a printable pdf of recipes. The cherry almond smoothie is another sweet treat for your taste buds. You can use cherries that are either fresh or frozen, depending upon economics and availability. The combination of protein powder and almond butter in this particular smoothie maximize protein intake without any sacrifices on taste! Cherries are also anti-inflammatory, which adds an extra benefit you may not have expected into the mix.Ingredients:1 cup of fresh or frozen pitted cherries1 cup of almond or regular milk2 Tablespoons of almond butter3-4 ice cubes1 scoop vanilla protein powderPreparation:Combine, blend, enjoy!These 5 protein packed smoothies aren’t just delicious. They dare to go where no other smoothies have gone before-sating hunger and bringing weight loss to even the most stubborn of bodies. Which one will you try today?